How Many Mollies/platys?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Little John, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Little John

    Little JohnValued MemberMember

  2. qchris87

    qchris87Well Known MemberMember

    no mollies, 3 platies. You may want all males so they don't reproduce as they are very prolific.
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2018
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    Little John

    Little JohnValued MemberMember

    I don't care if the reproduce.
     
  4. SFGiantsGuy

    SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    IMO, 1 male and 3 females. You'll likely have many more in a few months or so lol
     
  5. qchris87

    qchris87Well Known MemberMember

    The problem with reproduction is that they pop out babies about once a month. So if you were to get females, you'd need to find a place to rehome the juveniles once they get large enough or your tank will become severely overstocked in no time.
     
  6. SFGiantsGuy

    SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah you're (qchris87) pretty much spot on! Dunno though...males can fight sometimes, but usually are pretty cool with each other...in the end, it's your call sir.
     
  7. qchris87

    qchris87Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah, I've had the problem of having an aggressive male. My lfs let me switch out aggressive ones until they all got along.
     
  8. Junne

    JunneFishlore LegendMember

    if a 10 gallon is all you will have ( no upgrade later ) I would not go with any mollies ( produces too much waste ) and platy's are debatable. If you get platy's, you can only do maybe 6 - 8 and preferably ALL males. Females usually come from the store pregnant and you would end up with 20 + fry EACH time a females gives birth ( which can be several times even after no contact with a male )

    As pointed out, even with all males theres that dominance factor with Platy's so make sure you have some hiding spots in the tank. There's not much you can do with a 10 gallon as far as space/footprint to allow enough space for the fish.
     
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